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ACT Remuneration Tribunal

The ACT Remuneration Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal with responsibility for setting the remuneration, allowances and entitlements for various public officials in the ACT.

It was established by the Remuneration Tribunal Act img-icn-extlink 1995 on 21 December 1995.
The Tribunal is independent of the Government, and its determinations cannot be disallowed by the Legislative Assembly.


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In September 2014, in accordance with the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995, the Remuneration Tribunal undertook its annual review of the remuneration and allowances to be paid and other entitlements to be granted to:

  • The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court;
  • The Master of the Supreme Court;
  • The President of the Court of Appeal;
  • The Chief Magistrate, Magistrates and Special Magistrates;
  • The Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • ACAT Presidential and Non Presidential Members; and
  • Part-time Holders of Statutory and Non-statutory Offices referred in accordance with section 10 of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1995.

In making the Determinations, the Tribunal considered written and oral submissions from the Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court and the Chief Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court. The Tribunal also considered oral submissions from officials from the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, and the written submission from the Chief Minister.

The Tribunal was also mindful of the economic and financial considerations facing the ACT, including that the ACT Treasury provided a comprehensive briefing to the Tribunal on the prevailing economic circumstances for 2014 and forecasts for the coming years.

The Tribunal also noted Determination 2014/18 of the Australian Government Remuneration Tribunal for Judicial and related Officers.

Final Report on Entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly

Following the release of its issues paper regarding the entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly in December 2013 [pdfPDF 455KB], and its subsequent inquiry held throughout March 2014; The ACT Remuneration Tribunal (the tribunal) has released its Final Report on the Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly [pdf PDF 296KB] (the Report) on 2 May 2014.

Accordingly, the Tribunal thanks all stakeholders who provided submissions to its inquiry.

The Report aligns with the Tribunal's Determination 7 of 2014 concerning salary, allowances
and other entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly (MLAs).  The key changes are:

  • an increase in the base rate of MLAs salary by 6%;
  • reduction in the loading paid to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (effective either when the current holder of that office relinquishes the position or at the start of the Ninth Assembly);
  • introduction of a resettlement allowance;
  • streamlining of travel allowances;
  • abolition of accompanied travel for Executive members (published previously);
  • abolition of study and accompanied travel for non-Executive members (published previously);
  • removal of the direct provision of a privately plated motor vehicle, while maintaining an allowance for such provision;
  • introduction of a taxi/hire car allowance for all Members to ensure that the safety of Members is not compromised;
  • introduction of a communications allowance, replacing other allowances (including the discretionary office allowance).

The Tribunal has attempted to ensure that MLAs are paid fairly for their work, while achieving cost
savings to offset the introduction of some new allowances.

The Tribunal has also released a number of other Determinations relating to other office holders in the ACT, which can be accessed on the Determinations Page at http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/governance/remtrib/determinations

Any comments regarding the Report can be forwarded to:

Email: remtrib@act.gov.au

or by post to:

The Chair
ACT Remuneration Tribunal
PO Box 964
CIVIC SQUARE  ACT  2608

Final Report on the Reviews of Entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly - April 2014 [pdf PDF 296KB]
Final Report on the Reviews of Entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly - April 2014 [Word document DOC 156KB]

Issues Paper on Review of Entitlements for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly

The ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released an issues paper on the entitlements for members of the Legislative Assembly.  The paper covers the following matters:

  • Work value
  • Base salary
  • Loading for officeholders
  • Superannuation
  • Resettlement allowance
  • Electorate allowance
  • Travelling allowance
  • Study and accompanied travel allowances.

There has been no substantive review of MLA entitlements in the nearly 25 years since self-government.  The Tribunal is of the view that the work value of MLAs may not be reflected in the remuneration and other allowances that are paid.  It is mindful that the community would wish to continue to attract and retain the best people as its MLAs.
 
The Tribunal invites comments from past and present MLAs, other stakeholders and interested community members.  It urges the community to accept that MLAs are an important component of the ACT's democratic processes and should therefore be appropriately compensated for their work.
 
All submissions will be published on the Tribunal's website unless there are compelling reasons for them to be treated confidentially.  Submissions close on 28 February 2014 and the Tribunal will conclude its deliberations by May 2014.

Submissions should be made:

By email (preferred): remtrib@act.gov.au

By post to:

The Chair
ACT Remuneration Tribunal
PO Box 964
CIVIC SQUARE
ACT 2608


Media Release -  Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly [PDF PDF 86KB]

Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly - Issues Paper [PDF PDF 452KB]
Review of Entitlements for Members of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly - Issues Paper [Word document DOC 377KB]


Determinations

Determinations made by the Tribunal are published on the Determinations page.

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